Zambia Distributes 19 Million Male Condoms in Nine Months
December 13, 2010
The national Ministry of Health distributed more than 19 million male condoms and 1.5 female condoms between January and September 2010, the Post of Zambia said Friday. These figures did not include condoms distributed through non-governmental organizations, said Reuben Mbewe, a ministry spokesperson. He added that the totals are up significantly from last year, when the ministry handed out more than 15 million male and 800,000 female condoms. In addition to condom distribution, Zambia's government is encouraging voluntary HIV counseling and testing as well as male circumcision, which has been shown to reduce the risk of female-to-male HIV transmission by up to 60 percent. An estimated 14.3 percent of Zambians ages 15 to 70 are HIV-positive.
Xinhua News Agency
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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